This Friday will see a renewal of our Red Devils most frequent rivalry when Lincoln County visits the Screaming Devils in Warren County. The pigskin will get teed up at 7:30.
This will be the 80th matchup between the teams from Lincolnton and Warrenton since 1925. The "red" cousins hold a 53-24-1 series lead. We're still looking for the result of the 1934 game.
But the Red Devil domination isn't as solid when only games in Warren County are considered. The Screaming Devils have put up stiff fights on their home turf, and only trail by 8 games. The Red Devils have won 23 and lost 15 with 1 tie in Warren County.
And while it's been many years since the Screaming Devils managed a win over Lincoln County, last year's game in Lincolnton proved it can happen any time. The visitors jumped out to a 12-0 lead at the half, and led 18-7 going into the fourth quarter. Our Red Devils then scored twice to salvage the win 19-18. Whew!
Warren County could again give lightning a good race. Their speedsters dominated the state track meet last spring, and the Screamers have averaged scoring nearly 40 points in their three wins. The only blemish on their 3-1 record is a 14-6 loss to George Walton Academy (GWA). GWA moved from the independent school league to the GHSA this year after dominating GISA in recent seasons. The Bulldogs have outscored their other two opponents 91-24.
Some observers think that this week's game in Warrenton, and a visit by the Irish juggernaut from Aquanis to see Wilkinson County, will go a long way to deciding the playoff seeds from Region 7-A. Of course, Twiggs County and Washington-Wilkes are working hard to have a say before the matter is settled.
LC fans are reminded that the game will be at the new stadium behind Warren County High School on US 278 between Warrenton and Norwood. The school and stadium will be on the right if you take exit 160 off I-20 to Norwood and turn left (south) onto US 278. A map is available at the FFN page linked below.